I played with the title of this page; 'meditation', or 'breathing', or 'groundedness' or 'mindfullness'.. for now, I'll flow with 'Meditation'.
Just wanted to share my own experiences when I disconnect from my core centre, from whom I like to be, the balanced 'Dee', vs the ego blocked individual.
One day I was working on my laptop without the proper power source. For those of you with laptops know there's a power indicator; how much power is left before the system shuts down without the proper power supply.
This got me thinking how similar this is to me. Each time I try to 'run on my own power' I know I hear signs, see signs, feel signs, that I need to reconnect with my Higher Source and/or perhaps reconnect with me. Yet sometimes I don't. I chose to drag myself hour to hour, sometimes day to day on exhausting uphill climbs, without any inner guidance, and needless to say, in no specific direction. During these times, my health is affected, my belief system is affected, my day/night routine is affected.. yet I still don't 'reconnect'!
Can't explain how the light turns back on.. but i'm so grateful it does. Things change once I reconnect. The same 'dark corners' have lit up, how the impossible uphill climb doesn't seem so hard anymore, and so on.
It's interesting how we maintain our car to allow maximum performance, and always reconnect our laptop before it shuts down.. yet we still don't always have a personal maintenance schedule to ensure personal maximum performance, and the amazing part of it is, it wouldn't take much!
Mindfulness points to keep in mind...
Don't underestimate how important it is to have me-time, even if you have to schedule this. And yes, I know, most people would say how impossible this is. I was a single mom of two young daughters for years, working full time, so yes, I get this. Do what you can to ensure you find me-time. Ensure you do something to enjoy time to yourself, even if it's a few minutes of nothing. Free your mind and don’t feel guilty about desiring and enjoying your space away from friends and family.
Make a phone call to someone that is special to you, even if it's only for a minute. It's amazing how these connections can raise our vibration.
Make time for those special people in your life in person, even for a an hour or so.
In my experience, ensure thees individuals enhance/add to who you are, not subtract. If you feel tired, or in a bad mood after being with them, then perhaps it's time to declutter a few friendships. Not get rid of completely, but perhaps be more particular when and how much time you give of yourself to these friends.
I know this sounds like a broken record, but it is important to eat properly.. again, like that old saying goes, you wouldn't put anything in a car's gas tank that would damage the engine... yet most of us don't make many healthy food choices.
Quality vitamins are an option as well.
Water...another broken record, drink lots of quality (not tap) water.
Finding time to exercise is sometimes a stressor on it's own at times. Yet when we do exercise, most of us are amazed how good we feel. There are so many thrift stores in the K-W area, regularly check them for inexpensive workout equipment to let you let exercise fit in your life, vs trying to fit your life around exercising.
Make all of this fun for yourself.
Sleep seems to be a challenge for a lot of people. Most of us do feel more energized with a good night’s rest. It helps us be more efficient during waking hours. Yes, I know.. sleep gets in the way of life.. but keep in mind, with proper sleep, we can handle life better.
Sleep is also a main ingredient for inner healing. A high need for sleep may be an indicator of depression. Know your body and be honest about yourself. Speak to your family doctor if required.
Boundaries are another challenge for a lot of individuals. At times it seems the more we give, the more that's expected of us. Keep in mind, sometimes it's not a limit of love/kindness/neglect you're putting around family, friends, or work, but just simple boundaries. We are own own best mechanic. it is ok, and even healthy, to say no when you feel that you are being stretched too far, or we just need a bit of down time.
Here is where this comes in... people may define meditation as time consuming, or they don't know how, or they can't meditate more than 2-3 minutes and then their mind gets too busy.
Well this is easier than you think.
Try this.. for one minute, and use the stove timer if it's easier. For one minute slow down your breathing so it fills your belly when you inhale, if you're female, forget the social expectation of holding your stomach in.. let it out!
Fill up your belly by inhaling slowly and don't rush to exhale... exhale slowly as well at your own pace, and empty your belly of air. Repeat slowly. filling your belly with air, and slowly exhale. While doing this, empty your mind.. think of nothing, or have a single positive point of focus.
I remember a chiropractor friend made a suggestion, place one hand on the chest/lung area, and one on the stomach area. Now take a breath. If your hand on your chest moved, your breathing from the wrong place. Your stomach should have moved. There's more stress created within our shoulders and neck area when we breath from our chest area.
Whenever your body requires a break, even at work.. take a walk away from your working station/desk, and just breath.. inhale slow deep breaths, then exhale slowly. Find your own pace, what works for you.
Something something so simple, and necessary, as breathing, can enhance and renew our mind, body, spirit and soul.
Do something special just for yourself, even if you just sit in front of the tv for half an hour to watch a mindless show.
That old saying 'laughter is the best medicine'.. it still is! Find ways to have positive fun, find that belly laugh again :)
This always makes me giggle...
Don’t sweat over petty things, and don't pet sweaty things!
Reiki for example, offers a body relaxation on a higher level. If you're not already certified, then learn Level-I. You can do a lot with this level, especially give your body relaxation sessions, which can offer your body an opportunity to self-heal.
Look into other options. There are many many energy techniques around. Find one your body responds to just by reading the name of it, and/or the description.
These short phrases has pulled me through many many times.
After You God
Let Go, Let God.
Whatever your belief system is, find simple phrases that are easy to remember.